Feast by Hannah Howard

Feast

The compulsively readable memoir of a woman at war—with herself, with her body, and with food—while working her way through the underbelly of New York City’s glamorous culinary scene.Hannah Howard is a Columbia University freshman when she lands a hostess job at Picholine, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Manhattan. Eighteen years old and eager to learn, she’s invigorated by the manic energy and knife-sharp focus of the crew. By day Hanna...


Details Feast

TitleFeast
ISBN9781503942578
Author
Release DateApr 1st, 2018
PublisherLittle A
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Food and Drink, Food
Rating

Reviews Feast

  • Kayo
    2018-01-13
    Wow. An honest account of a lover of food and life.If you like watching the food channel, you will like this book. Author seems totally relatable. Great book.Thank you to author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
  • Sherrie
    2018-03-21
    Hmmm...this was less a rating than a compromise. In the first few chapters, I was captivated. "Yes, exactly that," I thought of the perfect descriptions of food, of eating automatically, compulsively, and the loathing of self and body that follows. The inside look at restaurants and restaurant people interested me enough to hold my attention. Toward the end, I had grown weary of the repetition of poor relationship choices and was counting pages l...
  • Jennifer Solheim
    2018-01-20
    It would be simple and true to say that FEAST was delicious, that I devoured it in one sitting. Howard's writing about food is a sensual pleasure, and her stories about coming of age in New York and the maniacal pace of restaurant life are vivid and engrossing. But particular to this book, in this moment, is the way that Howard represents the treatment of women in the restaurant world. Simmering under the surface of this memoir about food, eating...
  • Mary Beth Hills
    2018-03-05
    Just finished this last night (I got it from Amazon First Reads on Thursday and flew through it). This book is about Hannah, a high schooler and then a college student and then a freshly-graduated-newly-employed girl who is obsessed with food. She struggles with binging and purging, anorexia, codependency, self worth, and addiction. This book is beautiful and raw and heartbreaking and so, so real. Her writing flows like currents in a river- I was...
  • Jeannette Noel
    2018-03-04
    DepressingYikes. This was excruciating. Short little (maybe?) sentences, and weird run on sentences filled this kindle first read. This is unfortunately a memoir about a sad little rich girl with an eating disorder. She continuously explains the obvious, but on the flipside, throws a million new people into or out of the story with no explanation. It reads like talking to a condescending teenager. Maybe that's acceptable because it is a memoir?
  • Chloe
    2018-01-23
    Feast is a revelation for anyone who's ever looked in the mirror. Whether it was a physical mirror or a metaphorical mirror, whether you liked what you saw or you didn't, this powerful debut resonates. Howard is courageous and lyrical, her words in turn comforting and heartbreaking. Feast is full of giggles when you need them and goosebumps when you least expect them. I made the mistake of starting the book before bed and didn't fall sleep until ...
  • Judith Perlin
    2018-03-01
    Not a good readSelf created angst by a young woman who doesn't have a clue about what life can really dishes out to those who aren't raised by two educated and successful parents who love her. Give me a break.
  • Nancy Mendelson
    2018-01-02
    Just finished reading an advance copy of Feast. Devoured it, actually. Author, Hannah Howard is a magnificent storyteller. She took me on a journey inside her head, her heart, and bared her soul with such compelling generosity. Her eerily accurate descriptions of the self destructive thinking and false perceptions that come with anorexia and body dysmorphia were so much like my own experiences with these insidious disorders, it was strangely comf...
  • Sue King
    2018-03-31
    Raw and heartfelt. A satisfying memoir of hunger and fulfillment, good days and bad, love and self-loathing.
  • Goth Gone Grey
    2018-03-01
    Stunningly lovely, sad yet hopefulI made the mistake of downloading this before work, reading the first chapter as I brushed my teeth and got dressed, falling into the writing style immediately. I read a few pages while filling my car with gas, and tucked beneath a blanket on the couch as soon as I got home to read the rest in one breathless rush, binging on the author's words with delight. She writes with poetic beauty of her love for food, desc...
  • Michele
    2018-03-26
    I couldn’t put down Hannah Howard’s painfully honest, relatable, and well-written memoir of descent into, and recovery from, eating disorders. So much of this book rang true to me, but none more than this: “I hope that if I have daughters, children, I won’t pass on this particular pain. I’m sure they will have their own problems, but I hope they see me licking a cone of gelato with joy. I hope when they look in the mirror they smile.”...
  • Tracey
    2018-03-10
    Thank you for writing about your struggle, although I do not share the same struggle I recognized a lot of myself in your story and I’ve come to the realization that there is no “perfect me” it’s just me and that’s more than ok.
  • Gretchen
    2018-03-07
    Such a fantastic memoir. Excellent food writing, made me want to eat everything. Torturous eating disordered thinking.
  • Lucia Hassen
    2018-03-08
    I loved this book. The author tells her story beautifully. I began reading fearing it might be a fluffy madcap NYC party girl with eating issues book - making light of a serious problem. But no, the author's writes so intelligently, thoughtfully, and humorously that the reader is instantly engaged in her story and struggles.
  • Caroline
    2018-03-21
    Hannah's story is a familiar one. I haven't met a woman yet who says she never had an unhealthy relationship with food. The why is as varied as there are flavors of ice cream, and yet familiar: the desire to please, to be loved, to love, to find acceptance, to fill an emptiness. And yet Hannah's story is unlike many as her unhealthy relationship becomes something she can't control. Beautifully written and honest without being self absorbed, Hanna...
  • Vivien
    2018-03-07
    As a woman who has an eating disorder this book was an incredibly disappointing. Hannah is obsessed with food, okay great. She thinks about food all the time. She wants to be skinny and hates her body. There is no actual substance to the character nor the book nor does there actually seem to be a point to the book. In one paragraph Hannah is raped and the author goes from food to rape to food again. At no time is there any introspective look at h...
  • Jean
    2018-03-08
    I held off choosing Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen by Hannah Howard as my free Kindle first book due to longtime ongoing personal reasons: fighting with my own weight, a dislike of my own body, and mainly a fear that I would want to eat if I read great descriptions of food. Fortunately the other choices of the month didn't appeal to me and it was Feast or no feast at all. I was stunned by the beauty of this memoir. The author's descri...
  • Kristi Lamont
    2018-03-04
    I binged on this food addiction recovery memoir up until suddenly I felt the need to purge.....which, now that I think about it, happens with me a lot when I read memoirs of any sort. I find myself thinking, "I'm not sure I would've told _that_" and/or, "Wow, how self-centered can one person be?" Um, well, duh Kristi, they're writing memoirs....Back to this book: It was very well-written and I did enjoy it up until the last few sections; I really...
  • Amy
    2018-04-07
    I really didnt expect to like this book as much I did. If you google books about an anorexic and bulemic girl you get over 400,000 instant hits; every woman thinks her story is unique and ofcourse it is but...... What I liked were the passages abaout the food prep, its taste, its appearance, its consumption, and the people who cook and make and sell food and all the pomp and circumstance surrounding food. She takes us "backstage" to the world of ...
  • Robin
    2018-04-09
    Nothing surprising here, although I did enjoy the story. Had to deduct a star for lazy writing...Hannah loves food, so much that she knows her career will be spent around food. Sadly, she also has a weight issue, initially caused by societal demands on a young lady, and then because of the strange hours that come with working in restaurants.In addition to her love of food is the men in her life, and the impact they have had on her. The best are w...
  • Afoma Umesi
    2018-03-30
    Feast is Hannah Howard's memoir and her journey to finding a balance between her love of food and love of self. Hannah's love of food is honestly infectious (especially if you already love food). She writes about food through eyes of love and every meal in this book is sumptuous and enticing.The heavier portions of this book focus on her eating disorder, a combination of anorexia and bulimia; weeks of starvation followed by binges. She also detai...
  • Paige Erin
    2018-03-28
    This was a good book. A short memoir about a woman with an ed working in the restaurant/foodie world. There is a bit of name dropping restaurant and foodie wise as well as some talk of New York City destinations so readers really familiar with food and the hip restaurant scene in NYC would probably enjoy this book more than the layman. Still this book has a lot for the average person, especially for the person dealing with an ed. The end chapter ...
  • Donna
    2018-04-06
    I consider myself a bit of a foodie, and someone very close to me suffers from an eating disorder, so this book had quite a bit of appeal to me from the start. From the reviews, I expected it to be more about the food and food industry, but this is really about our relationships with food, both good and bad. I appreciated the author's frank revelations and insider's view of an eating disorder. I found the narrative to be more enlightening than th...
  • Richard
    2018-04-01
    Hannah Howard’s first book revolves on the idea of immersion—immersion into hunger, pleasure, love and also despair, for immersion borders inconveniently on the realm of binging. And Howard’s personal story is a bare and brutal view of the struggles with one’s own identity and self-image. To dismiss her insights as those of a particular disorder or two is to deny the utter humanity of her experience: her quest for happiness is complicated...
  • J. Danielle Wingler
    2018-04-04
    This was a good narrative and brought up many issues that women quietly struggle with on a daily basis. I have found myself in similar situations or struggling with similar thoughts even though the main character, Hannah, struggles with it in a more extreme way. It focuses more on her learning to love herself while her eating disorder takes her to many different extremes over the first 30 years of her life (until her late twenties). Other charact...
  • Ashley Richey-burdick
    2018-04-03
    I really loved this book for so many reasons. As someone who struggled/struggles with eating disorders/body dysmorphia, it is relatable. Maybe too relatable (if you are struggling and reading in depth descriptions of anorexia, calorie restricting, eating disordered thinking, and binge/restrict cycle is triggering, you should be careful as you read through this book.) Her writing style is easy, quick, sometimes flowing and sometimes broken, a mirr...
  • Nancy Williams-horak
    2018-04-08
    This is a memoir of a well to do young woman who has battled an eating disorder while being involved with the food industry - a bit of a contradiction.The messages in this book are very important - the problems of the role of food and female worth in our society are scary. In that since this is an important work and certainly worth reading. The food / food venue descriptions I was anticipating were interesting and at times lyrical but the opening...
  • Danielle
    2018-04-09
    I really struggle reviewing memoirs because if I don't love it, it feels like a criticism of someone's life rather than the story they wrote.That said, I just didn't love this. The writing was choppy and the story wasn't engaging. I loved the details about the food and the food service industry (Seriously was drooling while reading some bits of this). But the lack of introspection and the bizarre way she references her rape almost coldly and offh...